Dorothy L. Sayers paints a perfect picture of murder in this classic The Five Red Herrings (Suspicious Characters Book 6) and millions of other books are. With Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Roy Boutcher, David Rintoul. Solve the mystery with Lord Peter Whimsey, based on the book by Dorothy L Sayers. Dorothy L. Sayers’ Five Red Herrings is the second or third Lord Peter Wimsey novel I read, and the first I owned. I still have my original copy.

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It was locked, and there was no sign of life about the place. I nearly lost my mind at that point. Last night, it was an entire paragraph. The descriptions of the countryside were also both fascinating and atmospheric in a way that helped me feel I was there.

When we first hfrrings him, he was lying with his mouth under water, but that might very well come from washing about in the scour of the burn. Even now he observed that curious glances were following them down the street.

She shouldn’t have bothered – the constant, lengthy monologues about ifve, if he took the 2: Such things, for instance, as jealousy or criticism of herself. Just finished it again.

The Five Red Herrings

Shows a forgiving spirit and all that. I am now reading the Kindle version with a hard copy of the book at my side so I can check to see what has been omitted. Wimsey investigates with some assistance from his manservant Bunter and his friend in London, Charles Parker. A tarry smear on the back cushions seemed to interest him particularly.


Here’s what Dorothy Sayers says, right after Wimsey’s revelation: He climbed into the driver’s seat, spread out the map on the wheel, and plunged into meditation.

The Five Red Herrings, by Dorothy L. Sayers

I don’t say he might not have laid them down. He’s what Gowan calls him–a commercial traveller. Why couldn’t Graham leave him alone? Look at poor Campbell. Farren shook her head and led the way into the little sitting-room with the sea-green and blue draperies and the bowls of orange marigolds.

I only say it would have looked more natural if we had found the palette beside the body and the knife half-way down the slope. October 11, at 7: The ending was a surprise for me.

Naturally, all of the subjects seem to be lying about something. Five Red Herrings — Dorothy L. Of course, the last person to see him never commits the crime.

A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery. In their review of Crime novels revised ednthe US writers Barzun and Taylor called The 5 Red Herrings “A work that grows on rereading and remains in the mind as one of the richest, most colorful of her group studies.

Everything had ref swept, dusted and tidied up by Mrs. Michael Waters 3 episodes, Michael Sheard October 11, at 6: Other reviews tell me that when The Five Red Herrings hwrrings written, so-called “train timetable” mysteries were all the rage, and Dorothy Sayers wrote this book mainly to prove that she could do the same.

There was nothing here to throw any light on Campbell’s death, but he became all the more anxious to get hold of Ferguson. Then the open road sayerrs, dipping and turning–the white lodge on the left, the cloud-shadows rolling, the cottages with their roses and asters clustered against white and yellow walls; then Newton-Stewart, all grey roofs huddling down to the stony bed of the Cree, its thin spires striking the sky-line.


She’s always been one of my all-time favorite authors, and I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but since I’m OCD and this one was next in sequence, well Ferguson was duly seen on to the 9. I rd think so That’s about nine or ten miles by road. Didn’t he do those mural paintings for the town hall at some place or other?

This put a new complexion on the matter. There would be a risk, certainly, for in country districts people know one another, and indeed, who would hire out a driverless car to a man he did not know, without making careful inquiries? His astonishing blue eyes were his one really memorable feature–was this the explanation of the tinted glasses?

The sheer amount of detail required gives this a clinical quality. If one lives in Galloway, one either fishes or paints. View all 51 comments. The curse is come upon me, and all that sort of thing. He studied the rather full, sulky mouth and narrow, determined forehead.

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